Editorial: The South is Spreading

Well the annual Centers for Disease Control report is in, and the South continues to spread.

Unfortunately not in a good way; Mississippi is again ranked as the fattest state in the nation with Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and West Virginia in a statistical dead heat for the uncoveted number one spot.

More than 30 percent of the residents of these states are classified as obese. Guess who is the leanest? Colorado is, with only 19 percent in the obese category.

Well it's no wonder. I've been to Colorado. It's cooler up there in the summer than it is here in the spring so folks move around more. With all those mountains and high elevation a body has to work harder just to breathe. Not only that, you ought to see some of the stuff they eat.

You can look for quite a while without finding a catfish house or descent rib joint, and I think it's against the law to deep fry anything up there.

You have to be careful when you're driving not to hit someone on a bicycle or jogging beside the road. Everywhere you look you see a bunch of skinny people, except where there are a lot of tourists of course.

Excuse this lame attempt at levity. We know we need to eat better, exercise more, and take better care of ourselves in general. So, put down the fried chicken and reach for your tennis shoes Mississippi.

We don't need to be number one in this particular category. I'm Jim Cameron, and we want to hear from you, even if it's to pass the biscuits please.

Email Jim Cameron at jcameron@wdam.edu